How to install “Star Wars – The old Republic” (SWTOR) on macOS Sierra (10.12.x)

January 12, 2017 by joh

Wine made a great progress with the release candidate 2.0-rc4. Now Star Wars – The Old Republic (including Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion) is better playable than ever before. Also the Minimap Bug is fixed out of the box. Here’s the updated Tutorial how to get it running on current macOS Sierra (former OS X).

Star Wars - The Old Republic


How to get “Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back” for Atari 2600 running on macOS

January 3, 2017 by joh

I just thought … mhm how many games are out there … about Star Wars… and which was the first one… ? So here we go … source of knowledge “wikipedia” means it’s “The Empire Strikes Back” for Atari 2600 and Intellivision.

It’s quiet easy to get those old games running on your machine with OpenEmu…  (more…)

OS X 10.11 El Capitan Server as private Cloudstorage resp. Dropbox- / Onedrive- / Googledrive- Alternative

October 15, 2015 by joh

Hosting your own private Cloud-Storage Server isn’t that hard. This Tutorial is about installing an ownCloud Server on OS X 10.11 EL Capitan as Dropbox- / Onedrive- / Googledrive- Alternative.

ownCloud OS XServer

ownCloud made a massive development from the Beginning to the current Version. It has Sync-Clients for all major Operating Systems and Apps for Mobile Clients. iOS Users get the Integration / Access to Files into the System like Accessing / Up- and Downloading Pictures and Videos and to files with Apps like Office 365 etc.

While OS X already has all the Components needed, this Article is about installing a seperate Instance of the required Components (Apache, MySQL, PHP).


How to prevent OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” auto-mounting encrypted Volumes

October 11, 2015 by joh

If you are using the Encryption-Feature for Drives / Partitions in OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” it could be bugging to get a prompt to unlock each after the Login.

File Vault Dialog

A quick way to stop OS X from auto-mounting encrypted Filesystems would be to disable the respective Daemon.  (more…)

How to create an OS X 10.9.3 USB Installation / Boot Stick

June 18, 2014 by joh

From time to time i need to do Test-Installations on my Macs – Most times i forgot how or which tools i used to create an Installation USB-Stick quickly 🙂 – So here is one way i’ll go in Future.

First of all – If you like to have the latest OS X Version on your Stick – Download it from the App Store. If you’ve got already an old Version – you need to move or delete it from the Application Folder while the Tool we use later will use the Install-Image from the Application Folder…  (more…)

How to get “Star Wars – The Old Republic” (SWTOR) working on OS X 10.9 Mavericks with wine

June 14, 2014 by joh

Good News – The Force is with us again 😉 … or let’s better say with “Star Wars The Old Republic” (aka SWTOR) and Mac OS X 10.9.x Mavericks. It’s been a while since i wrote about “how to get SWTOR running on a Mac” with Wine, MacPorts etc. here. Now in 2014 the Game is “Free to Play” and most people prefer to use “Homebrew” instead “MacPorts” to install Software like Wine – So it’s time for an Update how to get SWTOR playable on your Mac …

SWTOR on Mac OS X 10.9


Transparent Dock on OSX 10.9.x Mavericks

May 6, 2014 by joh

Nearly every 2-3 month i was looking if there’s a new solution around to make the dock transparent on OS X 10.9.x Mavericks again.

Transparent OS X Dock

In previous Versions of OS X it was easy to make the Dock transparent and a lot of free tools were around, but it seemed to be harder to find a working and stable solution for OS X Mavericks. So after some time “Spyresoft” released a small tool called “DockMod” now, which enables transparency on OS X Mavericks again… (more…)

Black Menu Bar on OS X Mountain Lion (Updated)

August 8, 2012 by joh

Working with screens at night could be exhausting for the eyes, that’s why i prefer dark wallpapers and discreet light. Anyway, the OS X Menu Bar is not very impressed about a dark wallpaper . Good to know that “Nocturne” is still working and able to invert the menu bar.

“Nocturne” will just invert the menu bar – not the menu itself. The setup is pretty easy… (more…)

20px RSS-Icon freebie for your website

June 21, 2012 by joh

RSS-Button Freebie  While i was working on some wordpress theme gfx, i needed an RSS-Button which fits to most official “social” Buttons like the “tweet” or “like” Buttons which are 20px high.
RSS-Button inline Freebie  There are 2 RSS-Icons in the package (#1 – The RSS Icon is above the button; #2 – The RSS Icon fits into the Button). Feel free to take/use/customize/distribute them – there are also the related Photoshop PSDs in the package to make customizing easy.

Download: RSS-Icons


How to get “Star Wars – The Old Republic” working on OS X Lion with wine

April 3, 2012 by joh

As a big Star Wars fan, i was happy to read about a free test-weekend of the relatively new Star Wars game “The Old Republic” (MMORPG) some weeks ago. Since i’ve got only a Mac with OS X 10.7.3 around and i don’t like booting into Windows with Bootcamp or running it through a VM, i decided to try it with Codeweavers CrossOver.

Unfortunately i failed getting it running with the latest Version and checked the wine-db if it’s running with wine at all. The forum threads around seemed promising about installations in linux with wine, so i decided to try it directly with wine and OS X and got it working after some hours…

Star Wars - The Old Republic on wine